Bombers Add Size With Salnikov Signing

by Bombers Staff

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of Denis Salnikov, from Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The Russian-born Salnikov was born December 15, 1998, and is a left shot. The 6’1, 202lb defenseman was an attendee of the Bombers first-ever Czech-Slovak Prospects Camp, in May.

Salnikov is originally from Penza, Russia, but has been raised and developed in the HC Karlovy Vary program, in Czech Republic. He is a close friend of Bombers veteran, Johnny Hoang. Last season, he finished with a stat line of 36GP-2G-3A-5PTS. The dual citizen is entering his first season of North American hockey. Denis can play both defense or forward.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Denis is a big-bodied player that we saw first-hand in Brno, a few months ago. We hope he can be a versatile player for us, and quickly adapt to the North American rinks, style of play, and hockey language. If Denis uses his size, we think he can be a valuable addition to our already strong roster. I think his greatest value to the team will come as a defenseman, but only time will tell. He will be one of the older players on our roster, and look to shake some things up within our depth chart. Denis' unique ability to speak Czech, Russian, and English, should help accelerate his transition. We are excited to get Denis onto the ice and integrated into the locker room, as we move into our final two weeks of practices, before our October 12 Home Opener."

Denis’ Player Profile:

Q & A with Denis Salnikov:

This May, you attended the inaugural Long Beach Bombers Czech-Slovak Prospects Camp. What do you remember from that experience?

I remember there were very good players who participated in the camp. There were also some of my rivals, against whom I played in Czech.

At what age did you move to Czech Republic? How many languages do you speak?

I moved when I was three years old. At the moment, I speak Czech and Russian; now I am trying to learn English.

Last season, you played on a struggling HC Karlovy Vary team, that missed the playoffs with a 12-19-3 record. Now, you join one of the WSHL's elite teams. What are your expectations for the upcoming season?

For the upcoming season, I expect it to be much better than the last one, in Hc Energie Karlovy Vary.

What type of player should Bombers fans expect to see, when Denis Salnikov is on the ice?

I will try to create lots of individual battles, and play a physical game.

What are you most looking forward to, on and off the ice, in Southern California?

New experiences, new language, and a new team.